TikTok explains why they closed the account of a Chinese concentration camp critic
It’s official, Jony Ive has left the spaceship
Government submits legistlation for a tax on non-NBN fixed line internet connections
Live baseball updates on the command line
32 Black Friday bargains
TikTok has apologised for banning US teen Feroza Aziz, who posted a video raising awareness of China's concentration camps full of innocent Uighur Muslims, disguised as a make up tutorial video. Everyone's first instinct is "oh she was shitting on China so the Chinese app banned her", but TikTok's statement is unusually clear about why they accidentally banned Feroza's account. A few days earlier she posted a picture of Osama bin Laden, a big no-no on TikTok, which she was banned for. She then made a new TikTok account on the same device, which is the account she used for this Uighur awareness video. A few days after that, a human moderator noticed this new account was linked to the old account (same device unique ID) and locked the new account. When TikTok realised what they done, Feroza's account was re-instated and TikTok apologised. No conspiracy! No collusion!
Jony Ive's photo has been taken down from Apple's leadership page, marking the end of an era in Cupertino (look it's Thanksgiving in the US, there's fuck all news going down). I totally forgot Jony was leaving Apple until I saw this article pop up. So long mate, take your shitty laptop keyboards with you. 100% that was Ive's idea, right? Jony will now ride off in the sunset, with his massive pile of money and unlimited street cred for being the bloke who designed the iPhone, to work at his new consultancy LoveFrom with Marc Newson. Can't wait to see what beautiful overpriced baubles they produce together. Apparently LoveFrom will work with Apple on stuff, but who knows what that’ll be exactly.
Our big brained government is still persisting with a $7.10/m tax on every fixed-line broadband connection not provided by the NBN. So for example, new estates where developers decide to install Opticomm FTTP or apartment buildings with Spirit FTTB, because NBN services cost too much compared to the private sector. If the "Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2019" passes the Senate, the tax will begin on July 1st, 2020. Government reckons this tax is necessary to fund the economically unviable parts of the NBN (fixed wireless & satellite), but experts reckon the amount raised by the tax won't even make a dent and is really just a fuck you to the non-NBN ISPs building networks that compete with the government's expensive piece of crap. I’m shocked the Liberal party are being vindictive little bitches. Shocked.
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Elgato Stream Deck XL - $280.08 from EB Games
10% off Nintendo eShop gift cards at EB Games
64GB SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZ33 USB 2.0 flash drives - $10 from Amazon
TP-Link HS100/HS110 smart plugs - $15.90/$23.90 from Amazon
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 - $479 from Amazon
Logitech Harmony Elite universal remote - $287 at JB Hi-Fi, Amazon & Harvey Norman
Yamaha YAS-108B soundbar - $143.20 from Bing Lee’s eBay store
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU - $267.75 from Shallothead’s eBay store
Sonos One (2nd gen) smart speaker - $220 from Amazon
Sonos Sub (wireless subwoofer) - $755 from Amazon
Segway Ninebot ES2 electric scooter - $524 from Amazon
Logitech MX Master 3 wireless mouse - $107.92 from Scorptec’s eBay store
PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB console - $349.99 from Amazon
Yamaha RX-V685 Titanium amplifier with free Xbox One S - $869 from Radio Parts
Sony WF1000XM3B wireless earbuds - $300 from Bing Lee’s eBay store
Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones (silver) - $296.65 from The Good Guy’s eBay store
ThinkPad E495 laptop (14” 1080p, Ryzen 5 3500U, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM) - $711 from Lenovo and use Cashrewards for a further 11% bringing the total to $632.79
Voll B50 bookshelf speakers - $110.45 via Voll’s eBay store
Q Acoustics 3010i 5.1 speaker pack with 3060S subwoofer - $1537.20 from Rio Sound & Vision
Nintendo Switch console & Mario Kart 8 - $339.15 from EB Game’s eBay store
Google Wi-Fi 3 pack - $254.15 from The Good Guys eBay store
Google Chromecast (3rd Gen) - $49 at Officeworks
Amazon Echo (3rd Gen) - $99 from Amazon
Beats By Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro - $261.75 from Amazon
Oculus Rift S - $568 from Amazon
Nintendo Switch Lite - $253.30 from Big W’s eBay store
DJI Osmo Pocket - $460 from Amazon
RØDE NT-USB microphone - $149.99 from Amazon
Microsoft Office 365 Home 1 year subscription - $76.80 from Bing Lee’s eBay store
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 8GB - $126.65 from The Good Guy’s eBay store
Sony DualShock 4 controller - $44 from Amazon (good for Apple Arcade on the Apple TV)
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